“We’re initiating the hurricane protocol,” he said. “We’ll have your boat out by tomorrow morning.”
“OK, great, thanks,” I said.
And that’s how the call from Your Survival Guy’s boatyard went yesterday.
No ifs, ands, or buts about it. If there’s a chance this Cat 5 Hurricane Lee is going to make landfall, I don’t want my boat in the water.
Here’s the backstory.
Earlier this summer, my boatyard emailed Your Survival Guy with a hurricane and tropical storm boat hauling offer. For a fee, they would guarantee Tom Sawyer would be hauled, secured, and relaunched after the storm passes.
“Done,” I responded. “Sign me up.”
Hey, I’m Your Survival Guy, after all, not some hurricane hunter. I don’t like taking chances. What did you expect?
Because here’s the deal. I know how fast the decision not to haul can change to “I need to get the boat out now.”
When we’re five days out, the thinking goes: “Ah, not a problem, it’s not going to make landfall.”
Then, when it makes a lefthand turn, all bets are off, and it’s a mad scramble like rats on a wharf to get your boat out.
I might miss a day cruising to the Vineyard, but I’ll take the peace of mind over chancing it any day of the week.
Tom Sawyer taking shelter for now.
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